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Dr. Erin Baker is steeling herself for winter as the flu season approaches on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why the Hyde County Health Department is having a drive-through flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 6, and Baker urges everyone to get a flu shot.

Ocracoke’s physician Dr. Erin Baker. Photo: P. Vankevich

“Do not get complacent,” Baker, who is Ocracoke’s physician at the Ocracoke Health Center, said in a recent interview. “Do not let your guard down.”

Baker is concerned about the upcoming holiday season as a potential spreader of the virus for which there’s no cure or vaccine.

“The risk is small indoor gatherings,” she said. “There’s risk involved when you bring people in from other households.

Baker and the Hyde County Health Department urge all to continue to follow the “three Ws” as the novel coronavirus continues its sweep across the country. That means continuing with the mantra that the country has been hearing since March: “wear” a face covering, “wait” at least six feet away and “wash” your hands frequently.

Oh, and consider getting a flu shot. Information on the Ocracoke event is below.

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